What's Little House About

A detailed diary from the author of the beloved Little House series, chronicling her journey with her family from South Dakota to Missouri.

In 1894, Laura Ingalls Wilder, her husband, Almanzo, and their daughter, Rose, packed their belongings into their covered wagon and set out on a journey from De Smet, South Dakota, to Mansfield, Missouri. They heard that the soil there was rich and the crops were bountiful—it was even called “the Land of the Big Red Apple.” With hopes of beginning a new life, the Wilders made their way to the Ozarks of Missouri.

During their journey, Laura kept a detailed diary of events: the cities they passed through, the travelers they encountered on the way, the changing countryside and the trials of an often difficult voyage. Laura’s words, preserved in this book, are a fascinating account of life and travel at the turn of the twentieth century, and reveal Laura’s inner thoughts as she traveled with her family in search of a new home in Mansfield, where Laura would write her Little House books.

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Who Wrote The Little House Books

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Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867–1957) was born in a log cabin in the Wisconsin woods. With her family, she pioneered throughout America’s heartland during the 1870s and 1880s, finally settling in Dakota Territory. She married Almanzo Wilder in 1885; their only daughter, Rose, was born the following year. The Wilders moved to Rocky Ridge Farm at Mansfield, Missouri, in 1894, where they established a permanent home. After years of farming, Laura wrote the first of her beloved Little House books in 1932. The nine Little House books are international classics. Her writings live on into the twenty-first century as America’s quintessential pioneer story.

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Who Illustrated The Little House Books

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Renee Graef

<p>Renee Graef received her bachelor’s degree in art from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She is the illustrator of numerous titles in the Little House publishing program, as well as Rodgers and Hammerstein’s <em>My Favorite Things</em> and E.T.A Hoffman’s <em>The Nutcracker, </em> adapted by Janet Schulman. She lives in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, with her husband and two children.</p>

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Garth Williams

Garth Williams (1912–1996) was known for his realistic yet highly expressive animal characters. He brought to life some of the best-loved children’s books of the twentieth century, including Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series and E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little. Williams illustrated many timeless Golden Books, including Baby Farm Animals, Mister Dog, and The Friendly Book.

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On the Way Home: The Diary of a Trip from South Dakota to Mansfield, Missouri, in 1894
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

A detailed diary from the author of the beloved Little House series, chronicling her journey with her family from South Dakota to Missouri.

In 1894, Laura Ingalls Wilder, her husband, Almanzo, and their daughter, Rose, packed their belongings into their covered wagon and set out on a journey from De Smet, South Dakota, to Mansfield, Missouri. They heard that the soil there was rich and the crops were bountiful—it was even called “the Land of the Big Red Apple.” With hopes of beginning a new life, the Wilders made their way to the Ozarks of Missouri.

During their journey, Laura kept a detailed diary of events: the cities they passed through, the travelers they encountered on the way, the changing countryside and the trials of an often difficult voyage. Laura’s words, preserved in this book, are a fascinating account of life and travel at the turn of the twentieth century, and reveal Laura’s inner thoughts as she traveled with her family in search of a new home in Mansfield, where Laura would write her Little House books.

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West from Home: Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder, San Francisco, 1915
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Recommend Ages: 10-14

This fascinating firsthand account of life and travel in the early twentieth century includes 24 pages of photographs.

“It is like a fairyland.” So Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the beloved Little House series, described her 1915 voyage to San Francisco to visit her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane. Laura’s husband, Almanzo, was unable to leave their Missouri farm; her faithful letters home, vividly describing every detail of her journey, have been gathered here.

Perfect for supplementary classroom or homeschool research.

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Little House Sampler
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

For everyone who loves the Little House books-a reissue of a charming collection of early stories and reminiscences by Laura Ingalls Wilder, along with essays and writings from her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, who was an award-winning writer.

This charming collection of early stories contains many never before published newspaper pieces, stories and essays by Laura Ingalls and Rose Wilder. Inspiring the popular series, these works are a vivid and personal testament to American life and history as seen by two remarkable pioneers.

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Bedtime for Laura
Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder & illustrated by Renee Graef
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Recommend Ages: 1-3

Now the very youngest readers can share in the Little House adventures with these four new board books! In Hello, Laura!, visit Laura in her little house on the prairie. Join Laura as she helps Ma plant a vegetable garden in Laura’s Garden and Pa build a door for the little house in Laura Helps Pa. And even bedtime is fun as Laura goes to sleep to the sound of Pa’s fiddle in Bedtime for Laura. These sturdy new My First Little House board books are the perfect introduction to the world’s favorite pioneer adventure.

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Little House Sisters: Collected Stories from the Little House Books
Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder & illustrated by Garth Williams
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s classic Little House books have been cherished by generations of readers as a captivating and rare glimpse into the life of a heartwarming American family living on the wild frontier. Some of the most touching stories in these books tell of the memories Laura has of growing up with her sisters, Mary, Carrie, and Grace as they traveled and settled throughout the Midwest. Here are some of the most special sister stories gathered together for the first time in a lavish gift book format, including gently colorized versions of Garth William’s classic artwork, for sisters and Little House fans alike.

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My Little House Christmas Sticker Book: Santa Claus Comes to the Prairie
Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder & illustrated by Renee Graef
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Recommend Ages: 5-8

It’s a prairie Christmas to remember with Laura, Mary, Pa, Ma, Baby Carrie, Jack the bulldog, Mr. Edwards, and even Santa Claus himself, in this cheerful holiday sticker book extravaganza. Includes three laminated scenes, two reusable sticker sheets including dolls dressed in holiday attire, and plenty of Christmas props. Full color.

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Santa Comes to Little House
Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder & illustrated by Renee Graef
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Christmas is coming to the little house on the prairie, but Laura and Mary Ingalls are worried. It has been raining for days now, and Santa and his reindeer cannot travel without snow. Will Santa visit their log cabin this year?

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s heartwarming story, taken unabridged from the beloved little house on the prairie, combined with Renée Graef’s vibrant, rich illustrations, makes santa comes to little house a holiday classic for families to share year after year.

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A Little House Reader
Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder & illustrated by Dan Andreasen
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

Laura Ingalls Wilder was a writer long before she ever recorded the adventures of her pioneer childhood in the beloved Little House books. As a young girl she wrote poetry, and after marrying Almanzo and moving to the Ozark Mountains, she became a journalist, publishing articles on farming and the life of a farmwife. This moving collection pieces together a unique medley of Laura’s writings from the time before her Little House books. These writings, culled mostly from fragile and yellowed pieces of paper, offer a window into Laura’s day-to-day life and experiences, giving us a richer understanding of the woman and writer famed for her Little House books.

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A Little House Christmas Treasury: Festive Holiday Stories
Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder & illustrated by Garth Williams
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

A gorgeous and festive collection of Christmas stories from the prairie!

Celebrate the season with holiday tales from the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the beloved Little House series. Featuring Garth Williams’ classic artwork in vibrant full color!

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The Little House Book of Wisdom
Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder & illustrated by Jenna Stempel
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

In this timeless collection of quotes, readers can revisit their favorite moments from all nine original Little House books, alongside beautiful black-and-white illustrations. A thoughtful graduation gift for the Little House fan in your family.

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved Little House series captured her childhood adventures growing up on the American frontier. This illustrated collection of thoughtful words and wisdom showcases her poignant wit and enduring spirit and is the perfect gift for any Little House fan.

“Now is now. It can never be a long time ago,” wrote Laura Ingalls Wilder in Little House in the Big Woods.

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